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Argentina Boss Diego Maradona Close To Exit After FA Refuse Terms

By Angel on Tuesday, 27th July 2010

Diego Maradona is nearing the end of his tenure as Argentina manager after yesterday’s meeting with the Argentinian FA ended with president Julio Grondona reluctant to agree to the coach’s conditions to stay on.

Maradona has demanded that none of his staff is to be removed by the FA and that he would step down if even a strand of their hair was to be touched. The Argentinian football legend also insisted that an additional staff – Oscar Ruggeri – be included in the set-up moving forward.

However, all of Maradona’s demands have been turned down by Grondona who regards them as ceding all control to the volatile coach who has yet to truly prove his tactical acumen on the pitch despite leading Argentina to the quarterfinals in the recent 2010 World Cup finals.

The AFA are eager to put in a restructing plan for the current setup but Maradona is unwilling to accept the idea.

There has been no further comment from both the AFA and Maradona’s camp although it is understood that one more meeting will be held on Tuesday by Grondona and an Executive Committee to draw a line under the episode. It is understood from Argentine daily Olé that neither party is expecting to extend their partnership for a further period.

If Maradona does go, Sergio Batista – coach of the South Americans’ Under-20 squad – is likely to succeed him as the manager, at least for Argentina’s next friendly against the Republic of Ireland next month.

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READERS COMMENTS (1)

  1. chanchal Chakraborty says:

    World wide football lover’s want him (Maradona) be a Argentina National team Manager for 2014 also…I think, if all the players except him a coach, then AFA should discuss with him again…Maradona can help the national Team…Becoz now he has more time to developed a new fresh team…becoz, of Maradona Argentina got a huge mileage on media…all the sponsor’also happy… Pls. AFA & Maradona both should amicably find some way..I love you Maradona & Team Argentina…Becoz of you, I visit to South Africa… Thanx Chanchal Chakraborty (India)




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